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Free Portuguese Lessons and Courses

We have gathered together here a number of free Portuguese language lessons and language courses for those learning Portuguese, along with some other Portuguese language resources, such as Portuguese online courses and exercises, podcasts, video lessons, alphabets, dictionaries, lexicons, verb conjugations, language communities, newspapers, articles, and books. Most of these sites will be in English, although a number are multilingual in nature.

  Video Lessons

Learn Brazilian Portuguese on YouTube
Helps you learn the Portuguese alphabet (including tutorials on Brazilian Portuguese vowels and consonants pronunciation), Portuguese verb conjugation (with useful Brazilian Portuguese phrases). You will also find a number of Brazilian related posts such as posts about Brazilian flag, Facts of Brazil (with Brazilian history videos) and Brazilian Baby Names.

  Textbook Courses

Wikibooks: Portuguese Language Course
A free beginning Portuguese language course from Wikibooks, the open source books collection.

  Courses and Exercises Language Portal
"The language portal offers you dictionary translations, language quizzes and games, vocabulary lessons for learning and much more. is interactive: You can enter your own translation, create your own language test or your own vocabulary flashcard set. babla - Loving Languages!". Quizzes, games, vocabulary learning and dictionary aids for English, Chinese, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
BBC Talk Portuguese
A lively introduction to the language in ten short parts with slideshows and video clips set in Portugal and Brazil, with a variety of useful phrases with sound and quizzes. The course is most effective if you follow the units in sequence, but you can just dip into them, if you like. Try doing one unit per visit. It will take you about 15 minutes to complete.
Brazilian Portuguese
About the language of Brazilian Portuguese, highlighting differences between it and Continental Portuguese, and describing aspects of grammar, vocabulary, etc.
Brazilian Portuguese Podcast
Brazilian Portuguese Podcast helps you learn Portuguese in four basic ways: Grammar: Every week 2 or 3 lessons about Portuguese Grammar with simple and easy explanation will be available for you. Pronunciation: In every lesson we’ll help you with pronunciation by repeating the words nice and slowly. Vocabulary: In some lessons you’ll learn new vocabulary with detailed information about each words. Conversational: In this kind of lesson you’ll learn useful phrases about everyday situations vocabulary and cultural aspects of the language.
Ciberduvidas da Lingua Portuguesa
For the advanced student - get your questions on Portuguese answered online by experts: "To have doubts is to know. Don't hesitate to send in your questions, and our specialists and consultants will reply as quickly as possible".
Continental Portuguese Pronunciation
Some say that Portuguese pronunciation is among the most difficult to learn of Romance languages. It does have many rules, but there are very few exceptions. Below is a table of the Portuguese phonetic sounds. The actual alphabet is just like in English but without k, w, and y, and with the addition of ç, ã, and õ. You can click the Portuguese word examples to hear its pronunciation.
The basics of learning Portuguese with audio files, useful phrases in Portuguese, Portuguese lessons, Portuguese vocabulary, and a Brazilian Portuguese dictionary and quiz (files in the Microsoft Excel format).
Learning Languages: Portuguese
An short introduction to Continental Portuguese with grammar, vocabulary, and expressions; requires the Flash plugin.
Learning Portuguese
The resources on this site are an attempt to share some of my discoveries and to assist others in learning languages, and of course Portuguese in particular. To round things out, I have added some notes about the different countries where Portuguese is spoken, and will also be adding some notes and essays on related subjects such as culture, religion, cuisine, etc.
Linguatext Brazilian Portuguese Audio Lessons
This page contains links to all the audio lessons (in RealAudio format) for the third edition of Brasil! Lingua e Cultura. These audio lessons are to be used in conjunction with the Laboratory sections of the book.
Linguatext Continental Portuguese Audio Lessons
These MP3 audio lessons are to be used in conjunction with the Laboratory sections of the book Portugal: Lingua e Cultura: Caderno de trabalho. You may download, save, and distribute these lessons freely.
Portuguese Exercises
Interactive games and exercises, entirely in Portuguese.
Portuguese Online
With sections on Portuguese Lessons, Pronouncing Portuguese, Verb Tables, Quick Grammar, and Quick Vocabulary.
Portuguese Vocabulary Exercises
If you are studying Portuguese, be sure to try our free interactive quizzes that will test your knowledge of Portuguese vocabulary and will help you learn many useful words and expressions. Take each quiz as many times as you like. Do it every day and watch your results improve! Practice makes perfect, especially when it comes to learning languages.
Portugisisk Grammatik (In Danish)
A fairly comprehensive grammar of Portuguese in Danish.
The Pronunciation of the Portuguese of Portugal
This is a detailed description of the pronunciation of the Portuguese language as spoken in Portugal, and how it corresponds to the written language. Many original sound samples illustrate the unique sounds of the language.
Proper Conventions of the Portuguese Language
Site that details conventions of the written language used in editing and proofreading; also downloadable as a PDF document.
Short Portuguese Lessons
The intention of the site is to give a brief introduction to the language for those who might be curious about it, in seven lessons that can be useful for people who are planning to visit Portugal, Brazil, or any other place where Portuguese is spoken. This is not intended to teach everything there is to know about Portuguese.
This site aims to help anyone who is learning Portuguese as a foreign language. I tried my best to make it complete, easy, clear and as simple as possible. As a Brazilian native speaker and teacher, I focus on Brazilian Portuguese. However, this site can also be useful for those who are learning European Portuguese.
Tá Falado! Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish
Our podcasts are designed to help those who are learning Portuguese, especially if you have a previous background in Spanish. First, you find some pronunciation podcasts that are built around dialogs illustrating specific sound differences. You can also download pdf transcripts and participate in a discussion blog for clarification of questions. Next, you find grammar podcasts that focus on grammatical differences between Spanish and Portuguese. All of the lessons are also built around some cultural aspect that makes Brazil so awesome.
De Tudo Um Pouco - A Course in European Portuguese
Online course by Mike Harland, a senior lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the Unversity of Glasglow.
Wikipedia: Portuguese Language
Encyclopedia entry on the Portuguese language from Wikipedia, the user-extensible online encylopedia.

  Language Communities

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Speak Any Language Online Community is a web-based, global community dedicated to making the world a smaller place through understanding of languages and cultures. Our Forums area gives each of our users the opportunity to communicate with each other. Our Chat area gives everyone the opportunity practice speaking in the languages of their choice. Best of all, the services on these pages are free.
UniLang Community
The main purpose of the UniLang Community is to provide an online site where people interested in languages can unite, openly discuss, and find resources related to language(s), linguistics and translations. We are an open non-profit organization, meaning that everything on our site is publicly accessible at no cost, and membership is also free and open for everybody. All data, unless otherwise stated, is licensed under an open licence, the UniLang Public License, as opposed to a restrictive copyright.

  Other Portuguese Resources

Humbul Humanities Hub: Portuguese literature
An extensive listing of links to sites that focus on Portuguese literature.
Portuguese Dictionaries Online
Comprehensive listing of Portuguese dictionaries, technical reference, grammars, and other language aids.
Portuguese Internet Radio and Online News Radio
Large directory of internet radio programs with conversation and music in a number of different audio formats.
Portuguese Newspapers Online
Directory of online Spanish newspapers.
Versos de Segunda
Modern Portuguese poetry.